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Title Antiquity; Avant-garde; Totalitarianism; Toward a Metamorphology of Modern Art
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About author Rykov, Anatolii Vladimirovich — Doctor in Philosophy, Ph. D. in Art History, Professor of Department of Western European Art History. Saint Petersburg State University, Universitetskaia nab., 7/9, 199034 St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
In the section Art of the 20th–21st Centuries. Faces of Classical Antiquity in the Labyrinth of Modernity DOI10.18688/aa155-8-82
Year 2015 Volume 5 Pages 745752
Type of article RAR Index UDK 7.067 Index BBK 85.14

The paper examines the mechanisms of appropriation of antique heritage in avant-garde theory. Antiquity and classical art are the consepts constructed by the most eminent theorists of the new trends that play a significant role in our understanding of the symbolical structure of Modern Art. Political and philosophical connotations of the appropriations of this kind (to be exact — the creation of the new images of antiquity in avant-garde art and culture) are illustrated in the present article by the writings of Nikolay Punin — one of the leading Russian theorists of Modernism. Racist, nationalist, avant-garde and socialist components of Punin’s works are distinguished as well as its connections with totalitarian aesthetics. Special attention is paid to the comparison of Punin’s and Nietzsche’s strategies of appropriation of antique. For the first time in the scientific literature Punin’s theory of avant-garde is considered in the context of his politico-philosophical works, which united nationalist and racist myths of German “conservative revolution”, Russian, and Italian modernism.

Reference Anatolii Rykov. Antiquity; Avant-garde; Totalitarianism; Toward a Metamorphology of Modern Art. Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art: Collection of articles. Vol. 5. Eds: Svetlana V. Maltseva, Ekaterina Yu. Stanyukovich-Denisova, Anna V. Zakharova. St. Petersburg, NP-Print Publ., 2015, pp. 745–752. ISSN 2312-2129.
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